Effects of divorce on children Ages 6 thru 18

6 to 11 years

These children are old enough to understand the basic complexities of a marriage that's dysfunctional.  However, they have a stake in the family unit and fear the divorce will sever their attachment to each parent.

Effects of Divorce on Children Ages: Birth thru 6 years

Birth thru 18 months

Infants can sense emotional stress and tension. They may become more irritable, experience interrupted sleep and separation anxiety which may include difficult transitions between parents or parent to caregiver.

Nearly half of American children under the age of 18 will witness their parents divorce. Based on current statistics, once they are adults, they have a 90% chance to marry and nearly half of those who do, will also divorce.

While none of us expect to divorce when we choose the person we marry; more than 40% of marriages in the U.S. will end in divorce.